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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com


Recent Articles
  • Israeli flag at Sister Cities International Bridge on Plaza disappears

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the flags on Kansas City’s Sister Cities International Bridge disappeared this week — and it happened to be the Israeli flag. And many believe this was intentional. “I’ve just come back from Israel, and I find it very disappointing that anybody would do that,” said Blumah Wineberg, an active member of the Kansas City Jewish Community. Kansas City has 13 sister cities. There’s a flag for each one on the Sister Cities International Bridge located […]

  • Deputy Patrick Rohrer’s swim coach remembers former student as hard worker, good man

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — The former swim coach of Patrick Rohrer, one of the deputies shot and killed Friday morning, said she remembers her former swimmer well and spoke highly of the man he was long before he became a sheriff’s deputy. FOX4’s Melissa Stern sat down with Ginger Waters to find out more about the man who lost his life in the line of duty. Rohrer graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 2001. His former swim coach said […]

  • Donations rolling in to support families of fallen Wyandotte County deputies

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — There’s been an overwhelming response from the community in the aftermath Friday’s murders of two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies. Some of that support is coming from people who never met deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. Price Chopper started collecting money at checkouts to help the families of the two deputies over the weekend. People have already donated around $9,000. But it’s just one of several ways you can help their families. “Every cent helps. I know, […]

  • Metro company closes down business for the day so employees can volunteer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local business closed its doors for the day on Thursday so employees could go out and volunteer at metro charities.  ”Today is our sixth annual volunteer day,,” said Amy Hoppenrath, the marketing director for MarksNelson. “It’s the day we shut down our office, and everyone comes out and works in the community.” More than 180 employees at MarksNelson, Kansas City’s largest locally owned accounting firm, volunteered at 11 charities around the metro Thursday, including the Veteran’s […]

  • Residents from metro assisted living community cheer on neighbor at T-Bones game

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A member of the T-Bones had a little extra support at Wednesday’s game, and it came from his “extended family.” Nick Torres’ large cheering section were people who live at an assisted living community in KCK. The T-Bones outfielder considers them “family” but also calls them neighbors. Nick Torres and his wife Korrin have been living at The Piper Assisted Living Community for a little more than a month. “We`re staying at The Piper. Most of […]

  • Olathe family grateful for supportive community after home gets struck by lightning, catches fire

    OLATHE, Kan. — At least three homes were damaged by lightning and fire in Johnson County overnight. and one Olathe family says their community stepped up to help them when they needed it most. “It was extremely loud,” 13-year-old Jaya Johnson said about when moment lightning struck their house. “My daughter noticed some smoke in my bathroom, and we saw it coming through the bathroom exhaust fan,” homeowner Christie Winans said. “So at that point I realized we had been […]

  • Community rallying behind Olathe woman recovering from boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe woman who survived a scary Lake of the Ozarks boat crash has a long road to recovery, but she has the support of family and friends to help her along the way. Amy Lamb suffered severe injuries and remains hospitalized after a crash that killed three of her friends last month at the Lake of the Ozarks. “It`s what any mom would feel. It`s just the worst, sickening feeling you can ever get,” said Kim […]

  • Reward now $30,000 for info leading to arrest, charges in 25-year-old’s death

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit couple hopes a big reward will convince someone to give police the tip needed to solve their son’s murder. Jacob Skowronski’s family is desperately looking for information on who killed their son. The reward is now $30,000. “If you lost a son, a brother, a cousin, you would want someone to come forward so we can put this part of it behind us,” said Michele Skowronski, Jacob’s mom. It’s been a little more than […]

  • Metro landlord surprises tenants with football autographed by Peyton Manning

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — One of Peyton Manning’s biggest fans in the metro and her son got a big surprise Thursday. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m overjoyed, and it takes a whole lot for me to cry,” Tamika Daniels said. Tamika and her 9-year-old son Peyton Daniels got the surprise of their lives on Thursday. “It lets you know there are still good people in the world,” Daniels said. They got a Denver Broncos football signed by Peyton Manning from their landlord. “I love […]

  • Family of woman killed in Lake of the Ozarks boat crash starting charity in daughter’s honor

    OLATHE, Kan. — The family of one of the victims killed in a Lake of the Ozarks boat crash last month is hoping to turn a tragedy into something positive. “She was pretty used to going to the lake,” Hailey Hochanadel’s mom Lisa Schuster said. “It was a common thing. So when she said she was leaving that Friday, it was like every other time she`d go to the lake.” It was May 19, when Schuster said her nightmare happened.  “I […]

  • Metro summer camp lets girls learn from real women working in construction industry

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At one metro summer camp, high school girls are heading to the construction site to learn from real women in the industry. “I like hands-on stuff like that, construction,” said Jashae Trezvant, one student attending the camp. “I thought it sounded really cool, and I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Lily Spinner, another student attending the camp. The Kansas City Construction Industry and the National Association of Women in Construction have paired up every […]

  • Women with certain type of breast cancer can skip chemo without hurting survival chances, study finds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer, but a new study shows people diagnosed with one type may be able to skip it. Researchers found skipping chemo won’t hurt patients’ chances of survival. “When you get diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re like, ‘What?’ You know, ‘I work out. I eat healthy. What?’” said Robyn Tuttle, who is now cancer free. It’s a diagnosis no one wants to receive. Tuttle was diagnosed with breast […]